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07.25.14 Sophie Weiner

When the MTA launched its geo-locating bus tracker, the API was made public, encouraging developers to build useful apps. Inspired by the countdown timers in subway stations (which make people really happy), Brooklyn programmer and public transit enthusiast Ian Westcott decided to get one in his home. Using the open source data, Westcott designed a wifi-enabled LED display that counts […]

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06.06.14 Sophie Weiner

Julian Oliver, an artist based in Berlin, has created a script that will boot anyone wearing Google Glass off the WiFi in a given location. He was inspired by a comment by Omar Shapira at the ITP show that the presence of a person wearing Glass made him feel uneasy. The code is up on […]

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06.03.14 Marina Galperina

“Making a living as an artist can be hard,” says WhoPaysArtists.com in the greatest understatement you’ll read today. Inspired by Who Pays Writers?, Kyle McDonald (People Staring At Computers, Conversnitch) and contributors have just launched a site welcoming users to anonymously share their experience being paid something (or nothing) by someone somewhere for working a certain number of hours, weeks […]

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11.27.13 Marina Galperina

Holy shit! The new “Rap God” video by very famous mainstream rapper Eminem uses the open-source RGBDToolkit — the hacked DSLRs and Kinect, developed by creative coder James George and photographer Alexander Porter who ANIMAL interviewed earlier this year, in detail. That’s cool. Right in between The Matrix, the Portal video game and 8 Mile. Alright. Liars already tapped this aesthetic for a minimal ok music […]

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09.20.13 Andy Cush

It’s impossible to overstate the influence of Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier on the nearly three centuries of western music that have followed it. It’s the kind of cultural landmark that should be freely available to anyone who’d like to listen, play, and marvel at its beauty, and now, thanks to this Kickstarter campaign, it may […]

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09.12.13 Kyle Petreycik

After a successful crowd funding campaign, Open Music Labs‘s Mixtape Alpha has been re-released. This small pocket-sized 8-bit synth comes complete with four voices, four effects, five-note polyphony, record, playback, and much more. In addition to each of these functions, the compact synthesizer can fit within the small confines of an audio cassette case, making it an […]

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08.28.13 Kyle Petreycik

The unique iPad app Planetary has just been added to the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s collection. The institution has gone one step further by acquiring the app’s source code as well. This is the first time the Smithsonian has attained a piece of code. The institution has also made this code available to everyone, in an attempt to preserve software as […]

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06.12.13 Marina Galperina

“We’ve had a lot of requests for rap videos,” photographer Alexander Porter says. “I just shot one yesterday.” In a basement Bushwick art studio, by the stacks of DSLRs and Kinect sensor bits, creative coder James George shows me how the RGBDToolkit works, again. Since 2011, George and Porter’s innovative toolkit has been ricocheting through the New York art-tech community. It’s just […]

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01.07.13 Marina Galperina

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original idea sketch next to a finished piece. This week, artist Evan Roth shares a computer sketch of the renowned project EyeWriter which allowed graffiti writer TEMPTONE — almost completely paralyzed by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — to create graffiti using only his tracked eye movement and project it on buildings miles away. […]

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